MEng Chemical Engineering

As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

Why choose this course?

  • Chemical Engineering at Aston has the most generous Staff to Student Ratio in the UK (2015 Guardian University Guide)
  • Aston has been ranked top 20 institutes for Chemical Engineering (2017 Guardian League Table)
  • Consistently high levels of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Hands-on, project orientated approach and close industrial links
  • Internationally recognised for research
  • Our graduates are in high demand and earn high salaries
  • Excellent placement year with world famous companies

4 years full-time / 5 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: H804

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: Considered only along side A Level Chemistry and Maths (A-level Use of Mathematics is not accepted)
IB: 34 points (including minimum Grade 6 in Maths and Chemistry at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Chemistry and Maths
GCSE: Maths Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted
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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:

£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2016/17)                             £16,850 for Outside EU students. (2016/17)

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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Information on visas for international students
The products in the world we use everyday require the skill of a chemical engineer.  You will be trained to ensure the safe and profitable production of the chemicals and materials required to create products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems.

Chemical engineers are very much at the forefront of working to improve the quality of our lives.  Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities.  As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

Subject guide & modules

The MEng in Chemical Engineering is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this you share a common first year with chemists. In later years you go on to specialise at a more advanced level in the core engineering topics. The MEng builds on the BEng course, but is an extended, broader-based qualification requiring four years of academic study, as well as an optional industrial placement year. The course is enhanced by additional subjects including process synthesis, advanced management, bioenergy, and a major research project.

The MEng is a challenging and demanding course of study which will enable you to progress more readily after graduation to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, which will in turn enable you to aim for the highest levels in industry.

Years 1 

Core Modules

Year 2

Core Modules

Optional Modules

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.


Year 3/4

Core Modules

Optional Modules

Final Year 

Core Modules
Optional Modules

In your final year you will undertake a major research project and a sustainability project to gain your MEng status. Additional modules include Advanced Reaction Engineering, Energy and Chemicals from Biomass and a variety of advanced management and professional skills modules.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Our excellent links with the chemical industry allow you to test and expand your knowledge, skills and understanding with a paid twelve month professional placement. It provides integrated industrial and professional training, often in a position of responsibility, in areas such as the design, development, commissioning or operation of a chemical plant. We will help arrange your placement for you or in conjunction with your sponsoring company.

Opportunities for you to visit companies, undertake commercial project work and compete for sponsorships and prizes are also provided.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Aston placement students also qualify for our £1,000 placement allowance for that year.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer. CEng status is an Internationally recognised and respected mark of competence and show commitment to the Chemical Engineering profession.

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy.

Our graduates have a strong record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor to the global chemical industry. Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering/consultancy positions with companies including: Procter and Gamble, Stone and Webster, BP, ExxonMobil, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever, AMEC, British Energy, Kappa, Mowlem, BT, Corus and Pfizer.

Further information about careers and salaries for graduate Chemical Engineers can be found at:

During your studies you will be involved in individual and group project work. This is designed to develop individual skills as an engineer as well as communication, both written and verbal, organisational and leadership skills needed to work effectively after graduation. The course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial aspects of chemical engineering and you will take a number of management-related modules.

Our modern, purpose-designed labs and teaching facilities include excellent IT facilities and a well-equipped pilot plant area. Tailored computing courses and self-tuition packages ensure the development of IT and word processing skills required by the modern chemical engineer or chemist. All computer workstations are linked by the University Intranet and have Internet access.

Prof S Al-Malaika
Prof Al-Malaika's researches are in the areas of oxidation, stabilisation and modification of polymers. Current interests include studies on the oxidation and stabilisation of metallocene polyolefins, the antioxidant mechanisms and performance of biological antioxidant in polymers, synthesis of reactive compatibilisers for polymer blends, upgrading properties of polymers by reactive processing techniques, free radical grafting reactions on polymer melts and photo-bio-degradability of polymers.

Prof A V Bridgwater
Professor Bridgwater established the Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) in 1986. Since then it has grown to 25 members with an aggregated research income of over £13m. BERG specialises in the fast pyrolysis of biomass and solid wastes for production of liquid bio-fuels and chemicals. The group also researches advanced gasification and bioenergy system analysis, design and evaluation including economic assessment. Professor Bridgwater leads the SuperGen Biomass and Bioenergy Consortium supported by EPSRC. He also leads Thermalnet, an EU-forum on the thermal conversion of biomass, sponsored by the EC and IEA Bioenergy.

Prof B J Tighe
Professor Tighe's research focuses on the design, synthesis and applications of biomedical polymers, a significant proportion of which are hydrogels, a term frequently used to describe polymers swollen with water. Current interests include novel materials for ophthalmic applications, drug delivery systems, bioadhesive polymers, synthetic materials for articular cartilage, lung surfactant and cornea. The research is interdisciplinary and involves strong interactive connections with relevant industrial companies.

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Sarah Alexander

MEng Chemical Engineering

"I decided that Aston was the university for me when I attended an Open Day. Of all the institutes I visited Aston University had the warmest, friendliest atmosphere and was very well situated within the city. The fact that Aston was smaller than many other universities was a welcome factor. It felt like each student counted as an individual."



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